HOOKER Tom Channon and young lock Jake Clemson have penned new one-year contracts with the Cornish Pirates.

Devon-born Channon, 28, joined the Pirates back in 2013 and has made 106 appearances for the club. He is fighting back to fitness after two knee injuries in the last two seasons.

“Although the last two years have naturally been very difficult for Tom, he has been admirably diligent and expecting him to make a full recovery we are really pleased that he has signed again,” said Pirates co-coach Alan Paver.

“He is a very fine player who we’ll look to fully integrate back in, and not forgetting his contribution off the field which has been immense.”

Clemson, who has just turned 20, has made three appearances this season, while also turning out for Redruth and Exeter Braves.

Paver said: “Jake is a man for the future. Having had to go the hard but worthwhile yards at Redruth this season, besides also playing the A league games up at the Chiefs, he is going to have to roll up his sleeves and get down and dirty over the next season. Hopefully he’ll try and get as many games played as he can with us or Redruth, because looking ahead we see him very much as a Cornish Pirate.”

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